CASI Student Programs Blog

Since 2007, the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) at the University of Pennsylvania has supported 175 students! Welcome to the home base for CASI students and alumni to share their thoughts, reflections, and ongoing learnings about their internships, research projects, and travels in India and beyond.

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Depending on the field work for the day, I can take two different modes of transportation (the metro or the suburban train). The Kolkata Suburban Railway is a suburban rail system that serves the suburbs surrounding Kolkata. In India, railways are heavily used infrastructures and used by a majority of the population. Based on the […]

Hi! I’m Madeleine Grunde-McLaughlin, one of the interns at Aravind Eye Care Systems this summer. I am a rising junior, a Cognitive Science major in the College of Arts and Sciences, and I’m very interested in the application of technology and behavioral science to public health. By interning abroad, I want to put myself out […]

Despite the frequent warnings that India operates in a constant state of controlled chaos, I was not prepared for my first few days in India—and I’m not sure if anyone can ever be. For the last several days I have been exploring Northern India with fellow CASI intern Piotr. Our journey began in Bombay, where […]

Hello everyone! My name is Makeda Barr-Brown and I’m a rising Senior at Penn from Hartford, CT. I’m majoring in International Relations and completing a minor in History. Over the summer I will be an intern at LEAP Skills in New Delhi. My last couple of days in the States were jam-packed with last minute American […]

Kolkata always welcome me with a roar. From the moment I step off the plane, I can smell and taste the city lights before I see it. Monsoon season arrived early, and the weather is hot and humid. Kolkata is a hard place to navigate due to the language barrier,  cultural difference, gender bias and […]

Why India? The more I am asked this question (specifically by my worried parents) the more I understand my decision. There were key moments in my life that brought me to where I am now, so allow me to offer some background information. My name is Lizette Grajales and I am a rising Senior at […]

Hi all! My name is Roshni Kailar, and I will be interning at Aravind Eye Care Systems in Madurai, India this summer with three other Penn students. I am a rising junior from Atlanta, GA, and I am majoring in Biology and planning to minor in Statistics and Chemistry. While I know I want to […]